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In this pioneering volume, Robert Skloot brings together four plays—three of which are published here for the first time—that fearlessly explore the face of modern genocide. The scripts deal with the destruction of four targeted populations: Armenians in Lorne Shirinian’s Exile in the Cradle, Cambodians in Catherine Filloux’s Silence of God, Bosnian Muslims in Kitty Felde’s A Patch of Earth, and Rwandan Tutsis in Erik Ehn’s Maria Kizito. Taken together, these four plays erase the boundaries of theatrical realism to present stories that probe the actions of the perpetrators and the suffering of their victims. A major artistic contribution to the study of the history and effects of genocide, this collection carries on the important journey toward understanding the terror and trauma to which the modern world has so often been witness.

Synopsis:

Film and Genocide brings together scholars of film and of genocide to discuss film representations, both fictional and documentary, of the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and genocides in Chile, Australia, Rwanda, and the United States. Since 1955, when Alain Resnais created his experimental documentary Night and Fog about the Nazisandrsquo; mass killings of Jews and other ostracized groups, filmmakers have struggled with using this medium to tell such difficult stories, to re-create the sociopolitical contexts of genocide, and to urge awareness and action among viewers. This volume looks at such issues as realism versus fiction, the challenge of depicting atrocities in a manner palatable to spectators and film distributors, the Holocaust film as a model for films about other genocides, and the role of new technologies in disseminating films about genocide.

and#160;and#160;and#160; Film and Genocide also includes interviews with three film directors, who discuss their experiences in working with deeply disturbing images and bringing hidden stories to life: Irek Dobrowolski, director of The Portraitist (2005) a documentary about Wilhelm Brasse, an Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoner ordered to take more than 40,000 photos at the camp; Nick Hughes, director of 100 Days (2005) a dramatic film about the Rwandan mass killings; and Greg Barker, director of Ghosts of Rwanda (2004), a television documentary for Frontline.

About the Author

Robert Skloot is professor in the Department of Theater and Drama and in the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of the play If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide. He is also the author of The Darkness We Carry: The Drama of the Holocaust and editor of The Theatre of the Holocaust, Volumes 1 and 2, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Table of Contents

Prefaceand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Kristi M. Wilson and Tomandaacute;s F. Crowder-Taraborrelli

Introductionand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Kristi M. Wilson and Tomandaacute;s F. Crowder-Taraborrelli

Part I: Atrocities, Spectatorship, and Memory

1 Film and Atrocity: The Holocaust as Spectacleand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Sophia Wood

2 Documenting Atrocity in Orson Welles's The Strangerand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Jennifer Barker

3 Remembering Revolution after Ruin and Genocide: On Recent Chilean Documentary Films and the Writing of Historyand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Michael J. Lazzara

4 andquot;The Power to Imagineandquot;: Genocide, Exile, and Ethical Memory in Atom Egoyan's Araratand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Georgiana Banita

Part II: Coloniality and Postcoloniality

5 Massacre and the Movies: Soldier Blue and the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Paul R. Bartrop

6 The Other in Genocide: Responsibility and Benevolence in Rabbit Proof Fenceand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Donna-Lee Frieze

7 Genres of andquot;Yet an Other Genocideandquot;: Cinematic Representations of Rwandaand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Madelaine Hron

Part III: Visual Documentation and Genocide

8 The Specter of Genocide in Errol Morris's The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamaraand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Kristi M. Wilson

9 GIs Documenting Genocide: Amateur Films of World War II Concentration Campsand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Marsha Orgeron

10 Through the Open Society Archives to The Portraitist: Film's Impulse Toward Death and Witnessand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Stephen Cooper

Part IV: Interviews

11 Greg Barker, director of Ghosts of Rwanda (2004)and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Interviewed by Richard O'Connell

12 Nick Hughes, director of 100 Days (2001)and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Interviewed by Piotr A. Cieplak

13 Irek Dobrowolski, director of The Portraitist (2005)and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160; Interviewed by Stephen Cooper

Filmographyand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

Bibliographyand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

Contributorsand#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160;

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299224745
Author:
Skloot, Robert
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Author:
Crowder-Taraborrelli, Tomand#225
Author:
Wilson, Kristi M.
Author:
Tomand#225
Author:
s F. Crowder-Taraborrelli
Author:
s F.
Subject:
SOC051000
Subject:
Genocide
Subject:
Mass murder
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - General
Subject:
Theater - Playwriting
Subject:
American
Subject:
Drama-American Anthology
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 b/w illus
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in

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Film and Genocide brings together scholars of film and of genocide to discuss film representations, both fictional and documentary, of the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and genocides in Chile, Australia, Rwanda, and the United States. Since 1955, when Alain Resnais created his experimental documentary Night and Fog about the Nazisandrsquo; mass killings of Jews and other ostracized groups, filmmakers have struggled with using this medium to tell such difficult stories, to re-create the sociopolitical contexts of genocide, and to urge awareness and action among viewers. This volume looks at such issues as realism versus fiction, the challenge of depicting atrocities in a manner palatable to spectators and film distributors, the Holocaust film as a model for films about other genocides, and the role of new technologies in disseminating films about genocide.

and#160;and#160;and#160; Film and Genocide also includes interviews with three film directors, who discuss their experiences in working with deeply disturbing images and bringing hidden stories to life: Irek Dobrowolski, director of The Portraitist (2005) a documentary about Wilhelm Brasse, an Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoner ordered to take more than 40,000 photos at the camp; Nick Hughes, director of 100 Days (2005) a dramatic film about the Rwandan mass killings; and Greg Barker, director of Ghosts of Rwanda (2004), a television documentary for Frontline.

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